The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, designated 73 Georgia counties as "Camera Ready." The Camera Ready Community Program was started to help Georgia's film and television industry.
"We have experienced a significant increase in jobs, investment, infrastructure and film-induced tourism, making Georgia's entertainment industries among the state's fastest growing sectors, said Chris Cummiskey, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, in a statement. "The statewide response has been treme, ndous from Georgia counties that want to become Camera Ready in order to help bring jobs and investments to their local communities."
The Camera Ready designation helps the state to offer film and television production compies easier, faster and better access to local resources and information. Each county must have a liaison to help the production companies.
Among the Camera Ready Community counties in the area are Muscogee, Harris, Meriwether, Chattahoochee, Schley, Marion, Sumter, Taylor, Upson, Pike, Terrell and Webster.
Georgia is now one of the top five states in the country for film and TV production with more than 335 productions show in 2010, which brought more than $759.3 million to the state. The Georgia Entertainment Industry Act, passed in 2008, has helped the state boost record numbers.
Call Craig Dominey, Camera Ready Program manager, 404-962-4049.